Show, don’t tell

Preachers, we need to show, not tell. What this means is that it is crucial to address the senses. We need to spice up our language so that people can get a clear picture in their minds about what we are describing. Generalization is the death of sermons. Specific,...

Imagination and preaching

I want to talk for a few posts about the storying process. In this post, let’s talk a moment about images and imagination. Here’s a trick. Let’s suppose I say, “Not everything that appears to be valuable is actually valuable.” If you...

Yoda the preacher

Connection in preaching means that it is not about the preacher. It is about the congregation. Self-centered preachers rarely connect. Preaching then, requires us to take a stance of humility and deference to the needs of the congregation. Why? If they do not engage...

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